Traktor Chelyabinsk’s winning run came to an end at Atlant Moscow Region - in dramatic fashion. The league leaders went ahead through Alexander Buturlin’s goal on 5:15 and held that advantage until Igor Musatov leveled matters on 39:16. But it was Musatov who was destined to have the final say in a hard fought encounter, grabbing a sensational winner for Atlant on 58:15 to end Trakor’s seven-game winning run.
CSKA’s golden oldies
CSKA piled further pressure on to Salavat Yulaev with an overtime win in Ufa. Sergei Shirokov (1+2) and Alexei Yashin (1+1) did much of the damage, while veteran Ilya Zubov (also 1+1) got the winner on 60:32. Salavat was undone by a penalty called against Alexander Svitov on 59:00, leaving the defending champion short-handed at the start of the extras. In the first period Alexander Radulov had cancelled out Yashin’s opener before Vitaly Proshkin gave the hosts a 2-1 lead on 10:58, prompting CSKA coach Julius Supler to send goalie Sergei Gaiduchenko to the crease in place of Rastislav Stana.
Early blitz, tense finale
Amur Khabarovsk seemed to have beaten Severstal Cherepovets with barely five minutes on the clock - but ended up having to hang on for a 4-3 win. This season’s surprise packet raced into a 3-0 lead by 5:02 thanks to Vitaly Shulakov, Radik Zakiyev and Petr Vrana, but once Severstal replaced goaltender Vasily Koshechkin with Vadim Tarasov things began to change. Alexander Stepanov pulled one back on 11:49, and even though Alexander Nikulin made it 4-1 midway through the second period the visitors were undaunted. Goals from Evgeny Ketov (49:25) and Mikko Lehtonen (58:17) set up a nail-biting conclusion as Amur held on.
Lev roaring up the table
They came from the Tatras, and overcame the Tatars. Two days after a resounding victory in Kazan, Lev Poprad produced a spectacular comeback in Tatarstan to beat Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 5-3. It looked like the hosts had the game under control when the scoreboard read 3-0 on 13:09 thanks to Igor Polygalov, Martin Cibak and Alexander Islamov. But Lev got back into the game before the first siren, with Juraj Mikus and a shorthanded goal from Lubos Bartecko making it 3-2. Then it was the Ladislav Nagy show: after getting an assist on Bartecko’s goal Nagy scored two of his own in the second period to put the Slovaks ahead. Karl Fabricius sealed the deal with a fifth goal on 43:53.
Ak Bars bounce back
In Kazan the hosts wasted little time in putting that thrashing by Lev behind them, with Alexei Morozov and Jarkko Immonen putting them 2-0 up by 4:07 against Dinamo Minsk. The Belarusians refused to buckle, and remained in contention until the final period, with goals from Tomas Slovak and Andrei Stas sandwiching an Ilya Nikulin strike. But Ak Bars proved too strong: Kirill Petrov made it 4-2 and Immonen fired his second into an empty net to secure a 5-2 win.
Around the league
Two goals apiece from Tony Martensson and Mattias Weinhandl helped SKA St. Petersburg ease to a 5-1 win at home to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Dmitry Kalinin was the other home scorer; Denis Kazionov replied for the visitors.
Roman Cervenka’s decisive penalty shot gave Avantgard Omsk the win at Sibir Novosibirsk after a 3-3 tie in regulation time. All the scoring came early: Sibir’s Viktor Drugov and Avangard’s Alexander Frolov both got two goals, but Konstantin Bogdanovsky’s equalizer for Sibir on 30:23 was the last time either keeper was beaten until the shoot-out.
NHL veterans Sergei Brylin (2) and Brent Sopel were on the mark for Metallurg Novokuznetsk as they beat Vityaz Chekhov 6-3. Vladimir Loginov, Randy Robitaille and Alexander Golovin completed the hosts’ scoring; Nikita Tochitsky, Evgeny Timkin and Jon Mirasty replied for Vityaz.
Dinamo Riga had an unhappy evening at home to Barys Astana, going down 5-0. It could have been worse for the Latvians - Nigel Dawes missed a penalty shot for the visitors - but goals from Jiri Novotny, Vitaly Novopashin, Lukas Kaspar and Roman Starchenko put Barys in complete control before Dawes got on the scoresheet at last on 55:50.